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Sir Charles Holroyd

  1861 - 1917
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Portrait of Sir Charles Holroyd sold

Portrait of Sir Charles Holroyd   c.1889

Original etching with drypoint by Alphonse Legros.

Original Alphonse Legros etched portrait of Sir Charles Holroyd.

Superb first state proof impression.


The Acropolis sold

The Acropolis   1911

Original etching with drypoint.

Excellent, strong impression printed with considerable plate tone. Proof, signed in pencil by the artist.


Fountain of Neptune, Penha Verde sold

Fountain of Neptune, Penha Verde   1914

Original etching.

Very good signed proof impression of one of Holroyd’s last recorded etchings.


Borghese: Pines (small plate) sold

Borghese: Pines (small plate)   1891

Original etching.

Beautiful impression, printed in brown ink with delicate plate tone. Inscribed by Frederick Wedmore, the well-known connoisseur and writer on art. Scarce.



Sir Charles Holroyd was one of the most prolific etchers of his generation. He was taught by Alphonse Legros at the Slade School of Art and his work shows the considerable influence of his close friend William Strang.

Sir Charles Holroyd was appointed first Keeper of the Tate Gallery and later Director of the National Gallery. These posts ensured that he did not need to depend upon printmaking for his livelihood; consequently, his etchings were not issued in formal editions. Impressions of his etchings were only taken when required and, as a result, many of his printed works are very scarce indeed.